At the Chesterton Town Council’s April 8 meeting, Andrew Levenfeld of the
Sand Creek Homeowners Association asked members to authorize the Police
Department to make traffic stops, issue citations, and generally enforce the
law on the gated community’s private roadways.
At that time, Police Chief Dave Cincoski told Levenfeld that the proper body
to hear that petition is the Police Commission.
Levenfeld, however, did not attend Thursday’s meeting of the Police
Commission, so as Cincoski told members he’s not yet quite sure what exactly
Levenfeld wants the CPD to do in the gated community.
Cincoski did say that officers make occasional patrols in the neighborhood
and have access to the entry codes to access the gated community. But under
Indiana Code the CPD has no enforcement powers there, “at least for traffic
Cincoski is hopeful that Levenfeld will draft a letter which indicates “what
specifically he is looking for.”
At the council’s meeting, Levenfeld said that motorists regularly speed on
the private roadways and ignore stop signs, that minors are driving golf
carts, and that there have been incidents of theft and vandalism.
In other business, Cincoski presented Lt. Dave Lohse and Sgt. Chuck Rinker
marking 20 years of service with the CPD.
Lohse celebrated his 20-year anniversary in December 2012; Rinker, in March.
“I can retire now,” Lohse joked.
“You are now eligible to retire,” Cincoski agreed. “If I let you retire.”
Off Probationary Status
Meanwhile, on Cincoski’s recommendation, members voted 3-0 to remove Sgt.
Tony Alfaro from probationary status and make his promotion permanent.
May Meeting Date Changed
Members voted 3-0 to change the date of their next meetingÑand only their
next meetingÑto 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The commission normally meets on
the second Thursday of the month.
March in Review
In March the CPD responded to 1,677 calls (1,552 in February), filed 39
cases (38), filed 32 misdemeanor charges and 10 felony (23 and two), issued
59 citations and 243 warnings (85 and 269), served five warrants (seven),
and investigated 22 accidents with three injuries (27 accidents with two
Also in March, the CPD assigned one juvenile case and closed it. Information
on juvenile investigations in February was not available.
Calls for service in March included 34 alarms (25 in February), 10 animal
complaints (16), four reports of battery (two), one burglary (six), one
burning complaint (zero), 26 disturbances (14), seven domestic calls (one),
one report of forgery (zero), four reports of fraud (three), two identity
thefts (two), 15 miscellaneous juvenile complaints (20), six noise
complaints (two), 11 parking violations (five), seven residence checks
(seven), 50 suspicious circumstances (36), 30 suspicious persons (20), 24
suspicious vehicles (26), nine thefts (16), 447 traffic stops (473), eight
incidents of vandalism (seven), and three vehicle repossessions (three).